Contradictions about distracted driving

It is clear that distracted driving is dangerous and related to a significant number of accidents on roads in New York and across the country. Despite the evidence, there are contradictions among people's opinions. While many of them say distracted driving related to cell phone use is dangerous and should be illegal, many still do it and claim a high degree of confidence in their ability to avoid accidents.

The statistics come from a Progressive Insurance study conducted in August 2017. The survey recorded the responses of approximately 1,000 drivers aged 18 years or older who were not Progressive customers. Their responses clearly demonstrated the contradictions in opinion. In the survey, 65 percent of respondents said that looking at phones was a leading cause of accidents, and 83 percent said that police should be able to pull a driver over for that violation alone. Despite those high numbers, 34 percent also indicated that they were very confident in their ability to text while driving.

Age played a significant role in respondents' appraisals of their ability to text or use the phone while driving. While more than 60 percent of those aged 18-34 expressed confidence in their ability, fewer than 6 percent of those aged 55 or older expressed the same. Men also seemed to be about twice as likely to consider themselves very confident in their ability to text and drive compared to women.

Accidents while texting and driving continue to be an issue, especially among teens. The data show that people are confident and thus more likely to text while driving even though they believe it should be illegal. As it stands, distracted driving is a common form of negligence in personal injury lawsuits. People who have been injured by a distracted driver may wish to discuss with their attorney how that fact impacts their case.

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